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Bath Gluten Free Fair: 5 Ace Brands

I love food fairs in general, but I love gluten free fair’s most of all. They are THE place to discover new products, catch up with the latest in the coeliac and gluten free community, and perhaps most importantly, sample delicious 100% gluten free foods. Here are the brands that most excited me at Bath & West Wiltshire Coeliac Society’s recent gluten free fair. 1. Gingerella Gingerella are a fledgling gluten free company, only a few months old. They are based in Manchester and sell freshly baked gluten free cookies. Their gluten free cookies are properly big and squidgy. Not weirdly hard, not crumbling into dust, not ‘cookie’ with a side of sawdust. Yum. The flavour combinations are amazing – it’s like they’ve peeked inside my head and seen all my favourite things. Chocolate and orange. Pistachio and white chocolate. CHOCOLATE and chocolate. Refreshingly, they don’t claim that their gluten free products are healthy, ‘clean’ or better for you, they are simply good quality indulgent products made by a coeliac. Essentially, I want to throw my …

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Cote Brasserie’s Gluten Free Christmas Menu *

*This meal was free for review purposes from Côte Brasserie. I have dined at Côte on my own dime plenty of times, and would not write about it unless I was happy to recommend to fellow coeliacs. In many restaurants, the ‘gluten free options’ are meals with an element missing; a burger without a bun, a salad without croutons or a roast without gravy. The same cannot be said for UK chain Côte Brasserie. Their gluten free meals are as good as anything ‘regular’ on the menu, probably due to the fact that there is not a lot of difference between the two. There are always plenty of gluten free options and you don’t feel like you are having a ‘lesser’ meal than anyone else. I was therefore very happy when Côte invited me to come and review their gluten free Christmas menu. I visited the Bath branch with my friend Sian, and we enthusiastically got to work. For those that don’t know, I have had some previous involvement with Côte Brasserie. Last year, I …

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Gluten Free at Thermae Bath Spa

Relaxing in the spa is one of my very favourite things, so I was over the moon when David (my boyfriend) bought a Twilight Spa experience for my birthday. The package includes a meal and drink at the spa restaurant, so when I booked I realised I had to check if there was something gluten free to eat. Doh! The last thing you want to do is worry about food when you’re going for a relaxing experience, but unfortunately as a coeliac finding safe food is always a concern. I thought I would do a quick rundown of my experience to help out any other gluten free folk who are doing what I was, and frantically Googling what is safe to eat! —————————————————————————————————————— My meal I was a little apprehensive about the gluten free options before my visit but the staff at the restaurant put me at ease. Both waiters we came into contact with knew the menu very well, and were able to tell me what was gluten free, and what could be made gluten free. …

The Green Rocket : GF AND Veggie in Bath

I am a big fan of vegetarian food done well. I have little truck with people who insist that a meal is not a meal without meat. I love when vegetarian eateries go above and beyond to prove the naysayers wrong, and The Green Rocket truly banishes every bland, tofu-laden preconception. I have been spending my Easter holidays nestled in the family home in Bath, and yesterday Mum, Sister and I paid a visit. Following in the footsteps of Bath’s beloved Demuth’s restaurant (sadly no longer around, now reincarnated as a vegetarian cooking school), The Green Rocket serves quality, inventive and above all tasty vegetarian food. Happily they have also made the menu very coeliac-friendly, with most of the menu either gluten-free or with a gluten-free option available. (Vegan-friendly too, for those interested). They even serve gluten-free bread and beer! This is how restaurants should be. I was impressed with their awareness of what exactly gluten free meant. As the coeliacs amongst you will know, some restaurants are all mouth and no trousers where gluten free options are …

A gluten-free weekend in Bath

I popped over to Bath this weekend to celebrate a family birthday, and thought I’d take a break from my usual London-centricity to post some snippets about the gluten free things I came across. I have rather got into the habit of snapping pics of anything GF and interesting. My family and I went for a lovely brunch at The Cosy Club. This is a restaurant which is part of a small chain, and is a quirky (see the decor!) affordable and very social dining place. The Bath branch was chocka on a Saturday lunchtime, and there was some waiting around involved. We were in no rush though so were happy to sit back and enjoy the buzz. When we booked our table online, we were able to specify that we would have a gluten-free person with us, and there was a GF menu waiting for us alongside the ‘normal’ menus when we arrived. Grand. I had a plate of steak, eggs and fried potatoes which I unfortunately forgot to take a photo of. It …

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Bath: Gluten-free Afternoon Tea at the Pump Rooms

The Pump Rooms are a Bath institution. Built in the 1700’s, they have been home to Jane Austen characters, high society locals and countless tourists…and most recently; myself, my mum and my sister. The three of us went for afternoon tea this weekend, and had a lovely time pretending to be posh. (We could get used to this.) We sat at a table almost looking over the Roman Baths, with the afternoon sun streaming through the huge Georgian windows and glancing off the crystal chandelier. A pianist played gentle classical music in the background, and the feeling was one of refinement and celebration. It is a place for a special occasion. We ordered a selection of food to share rather than the specified afternoon tea set menu, and found that a few dishes between us was enough for a light tea and snack. If you are so inclined however I can’t think of many better places to go for the full indulgent cream tea. I was pleased to see there was a separate gluten-free menu …